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Scott Thomas, ChFC®, CAP®, CKA®, RICP®

Beliefs Start Our Journey Towards Destiny

It’s really important to recognize that our behavior follows our belief. There are different levels of belief – there's partial belief, little belief, and wholehearted belief. Our beliefs set our direction and our direction sets the path towards our destiny. It's important to make good decisions, and good decisions starts with healthy beliefs. When you were young and growing up, how you thought and what you believed about money influenced you – those thoughts still impact you today.  Let’s look at some foundational elements to our beliefs, let’s see how they can positively influence our feelings as well as our actions.

Let’s first reflect on responsibilities and ownership.  There's lots of wisdom in the Bible; Psalms 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, and all the world and all its people belong to Him.” We have to start with this perspective. Think about a king – God is the king and we are in his kingdom, so if the world and all the people belong to him, well, what do we own?? We don’t own anything.  That takes the pressure off.  I remember when I was very young and a friend’s wife got into a car wreck, somebody smashed their new Volvo.  I remember when he got the call and then saw the car he responded, “Well, it was God's car.” He wasn't upset at all about it!  I was amazed. I couldn't imagine that, but there it was, it was “God's car.” 

Next we need to look at contentment.  Hebrews 13:5 says, “Do not love money, be satisfied with what you have, for God has said I will never fail you and I will never abandon you.” Paul said, “I learned to be content at whatever stage, having plenty or being in lack.” He says this in Philippians 4:12, adding in verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Paul acknowledged when he needed to turn to in that lack or even in the abundance – wisdom tells us to always turn into that.  

Finally, let’s talk about faith/trust.  Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.”  Now we’re getting back to beliefs.  It's important that we take part of this faith, in our heart, in order to allow God to lead us.  When we are in that heartfelt trust in Him we're trusting in God, we're not trusting in outcomes.  When we trust in God we can let the outcomes be His.  It gives us a sense of solidity, certainty, freedom, and rest that allows us to move forward to step into things with the faith that we need. God will reward us as we believe in Him and as we trust in the things that we don't see. 

Wisdom says that to grow we must examine our core beliefs and in doing so, when applicable, to realign them with the one thing that is constant.

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